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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission Problem

98 Caravan. Tranny. Slips time to time not bad though. Has never had fluid changed. This is my wifes van before we got together.

Now, the van wont engage into gear until it has been running for about 20 minutes. You have to shift it into all the gears over and over again before it grabs.

You can put it in D and sometimes it goes there but most of the time the gear indicator keeps jumping all over the place. When it does drive, sometimes it changes were it was and will kick out of gear.

Not sure what it is. Seems like and few differant things.

TCM???

Valve Body???

Tranny Computor???

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I would try somthing simple first. sound like the tranny filter is cloged and it is taking awile for the fluid to get to the gears. change the fluid, filter and gasket first as would any other shop. easy to do also.

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You might have the module checked but it sounds like the tranny is going out on the van

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